Sunday, January 23, 2011

launching a dream

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me and my mom a LONG time ago- a pic that I keep above my work space

Along with everything else happening over here (I can't list everything because it will overwhelm me!) I am in the midst of launching something new! I am teaming up with my creative mentor and best friend- MY MOM- to bring you a new website complete with a unique online store.


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If you didn't already know I am the daughter of self employed artists who have operated a successful creative business for as long as I can remember. My dad is a potter and my mom a ceramic artist and my entire life has been spent observing, collaborating and being inspired by the way that they create and run their business.


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For years my mom and I have been tossing around an idea to launch a website completely our own- with handmade designs, ceramic goodies, supplies, accessories, artisan kits, art prints, greeting cards and more. No mass production or made in China (sorry China) but instead products made by our hands (something we are both extremely passionate about). Our dream has finally collided with the right timing and we have been hard at work collaborating, designing and getting to work on production in our studios.

With this new venture, I will slowly be phasing out of selling on Etsy and selling straight from my site (products and classes). The site will be going live in March and as we get closer I will be sharing more details, products, information and a look at this family journey. I can't yet show finished products but for now here is just a tiny peek:


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56 comments:

Tanya said...

oooo. looking good! Can wait to see more!

Dana Barbieri said...

Wow. Congratulations to you and your mom. Those peeks look beautiful. Can't wait to see more.

peggy said...

Wow, I can't wait. Love your creativity and style. Taken several of your on line classes, your a great inspiring teacher and fun. good luck.

GynnaB said...

Sooo exciting! Every single time I need creative inspiration I come to your site!

Claire Kiefer said...

So incredibly exciting, and how sweet and fun to team up with your mom. Looking forward to seeing your site in March!

Brittani Blue said...

How lucky you are to have parents that understand your need to be creative and to form your own path! Best wishes on this new journey!!

Dawn D. Sokol said...

Everything looks GREAT! Can't wait!

Creating Muse said...

OH, how fabulous! Can't wait to see how it all unfolds!

laurie said...

i am anxiously awaiting the unveiling of your new site! your items are always so simple, yet beautiful.

LindaSonia said...

sounds exciting - can't wait till March!!

BonnieRose said...

Congrats to you and your mom... I believe in not following the crowd, but to create and do your own thing.. good for you!
I love it all.. so happy for you Alisa... u are such an inspiration!

love all you do!
hugs bonnierose

Leslie said...

How exciting for you and your mom, Alisa! Congratulations!

Kristen (Creative Stash) said...

so pretty! congrats on your new journey and i look forward to seeing all that you have created!

Miss Marple said...

That sounds so exciting and like a dream come true. I wish you all the luck and succes - Irma

Rosie said...

How wonderful for you all! I can't think of anything nicer than to create with your loved ones, and earn your living doing what you love! =)

JudySheaRT said...

How perfect.. it's just seems to make sense to me that you would follow this path and with mom.. that's just amazing... I can't wait.

liz elayne lamoreux said...

so lovely! can't wait to see the site and all the goodness.

Fine Lines said...

This sounds exciting. You must be VERY busy!!!

donna downey said...

yeah!! i cannot wait!

Jeanne said...

Wonderful!

Tracie said...

Alisa! Congratulations!! What a wonderful surprise....cannot wait to see what's coming!

ariadne said...

First of all congratulations for collaborating with your mum!What a great idea. I know a couple of mum-daughter collaboration on etsy from Turkey and they are doing perfectly well.
I am looking forward to your new shop and it seems to me from the photos that it is going to be great!AriadnefromGreece!

Desiree' Vaniecia said...

It looks great, I can not wait to see more.

beka*b said...

How exciting for you all! This is wonderful news and I can't wait to hear/see all about this new venture. The peeks look so beautiful...

MeUpcycled said...

Wow, Alisa, what a beautiful, creative venture for you and your mom! Best wishes -- can't wait to see more!
-Karen

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Bee Yourself Designs said...

OMG! That is awesome! I am looking forward to your unveiling! Your 'peeks' already have me so excited! Congrats to you and your Mom! Best wishes to the both of you!

kass said...

This looks incredible - cannot wait to see it live!

And your Mom and I have the same watercolours - they're German Angora pans and they ROCK! xx

Elizabeth said...

This little sneak peek is such a tease...what fun! Can't wait to see more.

Bee said...

I have no doubt that your new website and store will be extremely successful! How wonderful to be teaming up with you Mom! I can't wait 'til March!

Lynette (NZ) said...

The taste of things to come is yummy! Can't wait to see more...all the best

Dianne said...

It looks wonderful! Looking forward to seeing the new site.

FryeStyle said...

Exciting and intriguing. I'm looking forward to when you go live! I'll be doing some shopping! Congrats!

jgr said...

SO. VERY. COOL!! I know it will be awesome! I can't wait !!!

Katherine Thomas said...

How exciting for you! Keep us posted. Your work is gorgeous, and I'm sure your family is the same. Congratulations!

Emily said...

How FUN! On so many levels:)

Lisa said...

Oh, how exciting for you! I can't wait to see it all! The sneak peeks alone are drool-worthy!

denice@inkstitch said...

Congratulations, Alisa and Mom! It looks like you will have an abundance of beauty, and I'm looking forward to the launch.

I've been pondering the pros and cons to an in-site store vs an Esty shop and I'd love if you share that part of your journey -- if you want to!

Thank you, as always, for continuing inspiration!

Kittyj said...

Yay! You guys will rock!!! You know I already love your moms buttons! The picture of you two is amazing - you look like a little big eyed doll!!!

Teleri said...

Well I guess I'm a bit envious. My grandparents were artists, too (or at least I think of them that way), but my parents traded their creativity for "respectable" jobs and money and a big house and.. well.. boredom. You should really be glad to have such a great mom (but I guess you know that already) and by the way, she looks very beautiful in that pic you posted.

kelly said...

i can hardly wait!

Mechelle said...

Congratulations Alisa on your new venture!! Much success!

Denise said...

Good luck on your new dream
I will be awaiting March's arrival

Cynthia Eloise said...

good luck, how exciting.

whyducks said...

exciting times

AlexM said...

wow! congratulations for this new exciting project! The best of luck and looking forward to seeing this new site:)

JFibers said...

Gorgeous!!! I can't wait to see your wares! Congrats and good luck!

Marcie said...

Absolutely stunning!!! I cannot wait to see the new store site in March.

sukey said...

this is very exciting! best wishes on great success.

Ruth said...

I am looking forward to your sight and collaboration with your mom. The photos here are lovely.

Ruth

michele said...

This is very exciting. If you only know how excited I was to see the ceramic buttons. I've been begging the local artists here but to no avail. So congratulations, I'll be so looking forward to March.

Jill said...

A big congratulations to you!! That is just wonderful.

Ana Gonzalez said...

Me alegro de tus nuevos proyectos, ese es tambien mi sueƱo, crear mi propia linea de productos.

Te sigo y te deseo mucha suerte, eres una persona trabajadora y lo conseguiras.

Montgomery Family said...

woohoo!! I'm so excited for you!!

joyfulploys said...

Good luck on your collaboration with your mom. Ceramic light switch covers would be cool too. Alisa, I enjoy your work so much, I'm currently taking your sketch class...it's wonderful!
Mary McC

Elisa said...

FUN! How exciting. I love your blog. I used to create a lot, in high school, before I had kids and I really miss it. I'm slowly getting back into it. Can't wait to take one of your classes when I'm done w/ my BA this summer.

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